While working at a Renaissance Festival, Tracie Lotus Starr met Marty Christiansen, the artist who would teach her the art of blowing glass. She soon left her IT job in Atlanta—infinitely preferring the world of glass to cubicle life—and moved to Asheville, NC with Marty in 2006.
Nearly 3,000 of you weighed in on how you prefer to smoke—whether you like to smoke alone or with others. Not surprisingly, most of us are social animals with over 80 percent stating that smoking with others is either preferable or makes no difference.
One of my favorite bits of recent pot activism was the billboard paid for by the Marijuana Policy Project outside the Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, home of the Denver Broncos. It read: STOP DRIVING PLAYERS TO DRINK. A SAFER CHOICE IS NOW LEGAL (HERE).
I want to briefly tell you my story. I am an active-duty soldier and a paralegal for close to six years, who just started working for prosecutors on August 1. Nonetheless, I do believe in the medicinal use of marijuana for pain and anxiety relief.
COOKIES ANYONE? You’re looking at a field of the genuine, honest-to-God, real-deal Girl Scout Cookies. Many people are out there selling what they call "Girl Scout Cookies,” but they’re not the real thing. The creators of this variety have never sold or given away their genetics, and insist the hybrids in circulation are phenotypes grown from seeds found in bags of the genuine product.
Evidence that cannabis eases the symptoms of PTSD is growing—but the federal government continues to deny access.
Dr. Mitch Earleywine
Post-traumatic stress disorder. Shell shock. Battle fatigue. Whatever people have called it over the years, the condition involves the serious psychological problems that remain after a dreadful ordeal. I used to get weepy when I drove the same spot of highway where I’d once had an accident, but that doesn’t really qualify.
The Obama presidency is rethinking cannabis-law reform, but there are holdouts.
Dr. Nora Volkow
Bush holdover Leonhart, then the acting DEA administrator, was criticized in 2008 by Representative John Conyers for targeting dispensaries. But Obama chose to keep her on board. She was the catalyst for the resumption of federal raids on dispensaries.
In the second edition of the State of Legal Marijuana Markets report, an estimated $1.43 billion dollars worth of legal pot was sold in 2013, a figure expected to rise 64 percent in 2014 to a staggering $2.34 billion. By comparison, the International Data Corp said that the smartphone market will increase 21.4 percent in the US from '12 to '13.
Putting her marijuana where her mouth is, pop princess Miley Cyrus smoked a now-censored joint onstage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam. After receiving the Best Video Award for her smash hit, “Wrecking Ball,” Miley pretended to put the award in her purse, remarking:
In November, delegates at the 2013 Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates passed a resolution on marijuana that explicitly opposes marijuana legalization. The AMA’s Policy Statement on Cannabis will read:
In a remote Balkans village in Lazarat, Albania, at least 700 pot field harvesters were forced to seek medical attention after suffering “serious disorders from cannabis intoxication.” Most of the patients were women and teenagers, some younger than 15.
While 2013’s pot-related US election results were hardly as monumental as Colorado and Washington legalizing recreational pot the previous year, there were still significant outcomes at the polls in November. Portland, ME became the first East Coast city to legalize recreational weed when Question 1 passed with 67 percent of the vote, which permits possession of up to 2.5 ounces for anyone 21-and older.
In Florida, where possession of an ounce is a felony with a possibility of five years in jail, 82 percent of registered voters support legal medical marijuana. But an amendment proposed to allow its use is too lenient, says Gov. Rick Scott: “So long as a physician held the opinion that the drug use ‘would likely outweigh’ the risks, Florida would be powerless to stop it.”
In Washington State, the pharmaceutical industry’s loss is medical marijuana's gain. The state’s Attorney General agreed to give a share of a Big Pharma lawsuit settlement to a collegiate institute that will educate and orient healthcare professionals as to the proper use of medicinal cannabis.
A legislative measure that would have permitted personal cultivation and commercial cannabis sales was defeated in the Dáil Éireann (Assembly of Ireland)—the Irish Parliament's lower house—by a resounding 111-8 vote in November.
Inspired by the CNN documentary Weed, Jacob and Jennifer Welton administered a hemp extract to their five-year-old son in an attempt to control his epileptic seizures. They had been unable to find a regular supply of pot rich in CBD—the non-psychoactive compound that has been proved to be highly beneficial in used to treating seizures.
Gulf Cartel’s Guatemalan Jefe Apprehended in Chiapas
Mexican Narcos Abduct Migrants—Again
Moroccan Hashish Exports Go Through the Roof
Albania Emerges as Top European Cannabis Hub
Eradication Ops Sweep Mexico’s “Golden Triangle"
Three alleged agents of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, accused of conspiring to distribute 1,000 kilograms of cocaine in the US and Europe, face trial in a New Hampshire federal court after being extradited from Spain. One defendant, Manuel Jesús Gutiérrez Guzmán, has been identified as a cousin of Joaquin Guzmán, a.k.a. “El Chapo,” the cartel’s notorious fugitive kingpin.
Neo-psych rockers Wooden Shjips explore uncharted waters with a new album, a new home base, and a little help from good old Mary Jane.
What’s 7-Eleven Plus 420?
Back to Land (Thrill Jockey) is the first album that Wooden Shjips created outside their beloved San Francisco. The band’s move to the greener pastures of Portland, OR, has had quite an expanding effect on their music—and their heads. “The last album, The West, was focused on San Francisco, and I was really sad to leave there,” says guitarist-singer Ripley Johnson.
Funk rock occultists the Velcro Lewis Group get personal about pot, playing music and being there for your pals.
“I can tell you how pot helped record our new album!” says Andy Slater, also known as front man Velcro Lewis of the Velcro Lewis Group. “What was it ... the Orange Sour Diesel? It gave us a lot of energy and manic focus and a nice body high. There were times when we were totally stumped and we’d smoke, and then the whole song was done and we’d put it on the record.
Scandinavian metal lords Katatonia talk ganja, Gothic and getting back in the groove.
Oh, the Colors
Despite popular misconceptions, the members of Katatonia do not spend the majority of their days locked away in a pitch-black room. Though the Swedish metallers have spent over two decades carving away at a tempered style that draws as much influence from gothic metal as it does from brooding shoegaze, founding guitarist Anders Nyström assures us that appearance is not always the same as reality.
The heartland’s metal blasphemers come out and play.
Everything is a projectile. Everything is allowed. Everything is swallowed. Everything is wet. Everything is on fire. A flaming black crucifix is hurled. A four-string motherfucker set alight. Cold yellow foam is airborne at all times.
Anyone who’s made dabbable concentrates has turned out a bad batch. Maybe your weed was mediocre. Maybe the terpenes fried instead of vaped. Whatever the reason, you don’t want to share it with patients or friends, but you know the BHO is still safe for consumption.
A government attempt to take down High Times resulted in a witch-hunt for growers.
In our four decades of existence, there have been a number of attempts to shut us down. Self-righteous groups have periodically called for HT to be removed from newsstand shelves for the good of “the children”; several states passed laws in the 1970s reclassifying the magazine as “drug paraphernalia” and thus illegal to sell or possess; and subscriber lists have been requested by the Feds on occasion.
After falling below $300 an ounce in February, the US Price Index dropped an additional $11 to hit a record low of $286 per ounce in March. Meanwhile, the Kind Index continued to soar and finished March at a whopping average of $389 per ounce. Diesel beat out Kush as the month’s most submitted strain ending a 27-month stretch during which Kush finished first or tied for first.
What's new for cannabis cultivators and connoisseurs.
Pioneers in the herbal extraction business, Eden Labs have now released The Winterizer, an extractor that allows you to distill quickly at much lower temperatures and reuse your solvent as well. It’s a modification of their Coldfinger Professional Round Bottom unit that uses a magnetic stirrer to aid in distilling alcohol while also possessing the ability to decarboxylate and winterize for a potent oil free of waxes.
Hydro Mate Herb Manager
Keeping herbs fresh is essential to maintaining their potency, as well as retaining the flavors and scents that enhance your overall experience. We love the new Hydro Mate Herb Manager, a glass jar that’s opaque to block out light and also features a moisture regulator hidden in the lid that keeps everything at a perfect 62 percent humidity. Stealthy and effective, Hydro Mate will impress.
Organization is the key to success in any dabbing session, especially since much time has been wasted looking for lost dabbers, dishes or torches. The variety of trays available from Kind Tray are perfect for any marijuana-related get-together, large or small. From the simplest Shredder Rolling Tray or Dab Pad to the more complicated and comprehensive Grand Daddy Tray or Slick Stack Hybrid, they make something suited to eveiy occasion.
Pure Refined Butane
Purity is important when you’re looking for a clean burn—something that won’t clog your lighters with impurities and contaminants. You can trust the new Pure Refined Butane from Whip-It, the original company that brought us medical-grade nitrous oxide for years. Extracted from the North Sea 200 miles off the coast of Scotland, their butane could veiy possibly be the world’s purest. Try it out and see for yourself.
If there's one thing we've learned over the past four decades, it's that stoners come in all shapes, sizes, creeds and colors, and that weed fuels creativity. Okay, so that's two things .... Anyhow, that's why there are artists in every genre of music who love weed and pay tribute to it in song, and we've collected the all-time best of 'em below.
High Times proudly announces new additions to our prestigious list of the world’s greatest preservers and improvers of marijuana genetics.
La Plata Labs
Grand Daddy Purp Genetics
Archive Seed Bank
Esteemed Seed Bank Pioneers
Seed Bank Hall of Fame Members
Seed Bank Hall of Fame Members (inducted Aug. '09)
Seed Bank Hall of Fame Members (inducted June 11)
La Plata Labs were started high in the mountains of La Plata County, Colorado, at 7,000 feet of elevation, when a group of skilled breeders came together to collect and create some of the strongest (and prettiest) marijuana strains in the world.
Cultivation expert Read Spear details the construction of an inexpensive two-bucket deep water culture (DWC) system that’s simple, cheap, elegant, low-maintenance and highly effective for achieving explosive plant growth.
TWO BUCKETS ARE BETTER THAN ONE
ROOTING AND FEEDING
Procure the items in the above list and do not substitute. You need Uniseals. You need a multitoothed hole saw, not one that will tear and rip at your bucket. You need black buckets, not orange or white. You need a lid, and you need black PVC pipe.
One of the hottest strains on the market is not what you think it is. Meet the originators of Girl Scout Cookies and learn why.
For the past few years, people in the cannabis world have been talking a lot about the strain known as Girl Scout Cookies. Cookie crosses have won or placed in several Cannabis Cups. Chances are your local pot merchant, whether he or she is working in a medical dispensary or for a delivery service, has something on the menu called Girl Scout Cookies.
Canada has just overhauled its medical marijuana program. Now it’s time for the “vision thing”: Who can produce the best medicine for patients in the commercial marketplace? Try Peace Naturals on for size!
Well, this is a first: I take off my shoes and replace them with sterilized sandals. I don a lab coat, put a hairnet on—and then a hardhat over that. I chuckle to myself, just loud enough for others to hear: “Wow, I guess medical marijuana really is dangerous.”
Takanori Gomi vs. Nick Diaz was the single greatest fight in the history of mixed martial arts, and if anyone on this planet tells you differently, never believe another word they say for the rest of their life. It’s as if every punch, slap, illegal kick, knee to the head, submission choke, syllable of trash talk or middle finger ever thrown in the history of MMA culminated on the night of February 24, 2007, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at Pride FC 33.
LIFE IS SIMPLE FOR FAMILY MEN: THEY WORK TO PAY THE BILLS AND SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES. FOR MATT RIDDLE, 27, THAT MEANS BATTLING IT OUT IN THE “CAGE” AS A TOP-RANKED MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHTER. IN HIS CAREER, HE’S GAINED A REPUTATION AS AN AGGRESSIVE, LIGHTNING-QUICK OPPONENT.
Light leaks, nutrient solution, cloning, spider mites and more....
How long is too long to wait before harvesting? My husband is waiting for the trichomes to turn amber. Is this typical of all strains? In the same vein, when I look at photos of trichomes for individual strains (as shown in the Green House Seeds catalog, for example), what exactly am I looking for?
What’s this pill that’s supposed to end marijuana “abuse”? Elga Presley Hi Elga, As cruel as it sounds, researchers have a new toy. It’s Ro 61-8048, a chemical that eliminates marijuana-induced pleasure in rodents and primates. It’s unlike the standard blockers of euphoria and the dopamine system, so it’s got some suspicious minds all shook up.
Generally, when a person starts down the path of making solvent extracts, he (or she) starts with canned gas because it’s easy to find and reasonably cheap. There are dozens of brands on the market, and an elite few have become the BHO maker’s go-to choice.
Honoring a pair of inspiring activists who were taken from us far too soon.
On the evening of October 6, 2013, Boston marijuana activist Michael L. Malta, better known to the cannabis community as the “King of Pot,” suffered a heart attack and passed away. KOP (as his friends affectionately called him) wasn’t just one of the most positive voices for change in our movement—he was also one of the sweetest, sincerest guys you could ever hope to meet.
The almighty dollar is helping to end marijuana prohibition.
Allen St. Pierre
One of the driving forces behind cannabis legalization’s surging popularity in America—now up to 58 percent support according to Gallup polling in October—is economics. In the recent winning legalization initiatives in Washington and Colorado, voters expressed concerns that, as with alcohol prohibition, tax dollars were futilely being spent on enforcing cannabis laws, with no counter-balancing revenue or social controls benefiting society or improving public safety.
Mike Malta, better known as the "King of Pot,” passed away far before his time this past October. He was a persistent personality and beloved figure in the marijuana reform movement, and he will be sorely missed. Mike began working on marijuana law reform in the early 1990s, propelled to activism after discovering that medical marijuana helped his OCD and depression.
Here is a shot of a Northern Lights x Sweet Tooth auto-flower strain grown organically with loving care here in SoCal. Halemon Check out my Green House Seeds Green Thai. Chef Raska It’s my own strain, three years in the making. This was a one plant, outdoor trial run.
For over a quarter of a century, High Times has hosted the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. It’s a celebration of the industry and an open invitation to the global community of marijuana lovers to toke up together in pot paradise. Check out all of the merriment as we cover the sights, sounds and, of course, smells of our annual bud bacchanalia.